The Headwaters Foundation announced this week that it is adding the Curriculum Enrichment Program (CEP) to its services that support Rappahannock County school children. After several months of meetings, representatives of Headwaters and the public schools’ CEP merged the application guidelines, form and funding streams of CEP with those of Headwaters’ Mini-Grants. These programs have been offering support since 1997 to Rappahannock County Public Schools teachers for innovative projects and activities. Over the years, funding of these two groups has totaled more than $180,000 of direct or matching grant support for hundreds of projects not otherwise possible through the public budget alone.
CEP was the first action effort of the grassroots parent group known as First Thursday. Designed to ensure such extras as special field trips, student performance and competition, guest artists, performers, and speakers at the request of classroom teachers, CEP has been financed through the generosity of parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors, as well as cooperative partnership with community groups, grantors and state agencies. Such groups as PTO, RAAC, RLEP, Band Boosters and the Music Lesson Program are among its many partners.
Similarly, Headwaters has offered teacher Mini-Grants since its inception for projects that promote the “educational excellence” cited in the Headwaters mission. Funds for Mini-Grants come from gifts to Headwaters allocated by a small committee from a budget line established by the Headwaters board. “Combining these programs offers teachers a single source of additional funds to support their creativity when ideas come up during the school year that are not already reflected in the school budget,” said Amanda Stephens, chair of the Headwaters Mini-Grant committee.
“Headwaters celebrates the longstanding history of CEP in its generosity to the teachers of the Rappahannock County Public Schools as we welcome the program to join our initiatives to serve students: After-School Enrichment Program, Next Step, READ, Starfish and Scholarships,” said Kathy Grove, chair of the Headwaters Foundation board.
The new program is not yet named. The CEP/Mini-Grant Committee plans on soliciting names from students, teachers, and parents. Founding CEP advisory members Jan Makela and Rosa Crocker report: “We are excited to have earned a welcome for this affiliation with Headwaters because of the potential for even greater school-community engagement for the benefit of students.”
Rappahannock parents, teachers, grandparents and friends who would like to continue to support students through grants to teachers can do so during Give Local Piedmont Day May 5 by visiting Headwaters website at headwatersfdn.org and clicking on the Give Local Piedmont icon (or visiting givelocalpiedmont.org and specifying Headwaters as the recipient).
Dylan Hitt of Amissville, a freshman at Virginia Tech, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
NSCS is a member of the Association of ·College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first-year and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing.
“NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel, and service projects both on campus and in the community,” says Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS founder and CEO.
Dylan Hitt was also among the Rappahannock students who were named to Virginia Tech’s Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. The others include Shelby Burnett, an architecture and urban studies sophomore from Washington; Maddie Kopjanski, a freshman from Boston; Shane L’Amoreaux, a frehman from Linden; Peter J. Lee, a sophomore majoring in engineering from Woodville; Tyler Niskanen, a junior from Boston; Tiffany Wayland, a senior agriculture and life services major from Sperryville, and James R. White, a senior engineering major from Flint Hill.
Danielle Fryant, an eighth grader at Rappahannock County High School and daughter of Dave and Sue Fryant of Amissville, has been selected as a state finalist to compete at the National American Miss Virginia state pageant. “We are extremely proud of Danielle and all she accomplishes,” writes her mother. “She is an A/B student who actively participates in sports, 4-H and church youth group.”
Danielle will compete in the 13- to 15-year-old division at August’s National American Miss Virginia pageant in Reston, whose winner goes on to the national pageant in California. Unlike typical “beauty” pageants, National American Miss pageants score contestants primarily on the basis of communication, poise and presentation skills, and celebrates “America’s future leaders.”
Miranda Shaw, a senior at Highland School in Warrenton and the daughter of Ricky and Stefanie Shaw of Boston, is headed to Delaware’s Wilmington University on a full four-year volleyball scholarship, her family reported this week.